The Tinderbox

Jo Bannister, Author . Severn $27.95 (202p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6387-4

Six years after the disappearance of Laurence Schofield's vivacious 15-year-old daughter, Cassie, the Birmingham architect desperately chases a clue to her whereabouts in this socially conscious stand-alone from prolific British author Bannister (Breaking Faith). Tom, Cassie's younger brother, believes he spots her in a school documentary about the homeless in London, and Schofield becomes obsessed with finding his daughter—opening wounds that he and his wife, Jan, had covered but not allowed to heal. He leaves Birmingham for London on a search that will take him to the Tinderbox, the titular brutish underworld even the police fear to enter, where he forms a relationship with a homeless teenage boy, Jonah, who saves his life. Schofield's journey rocks his solid middle-class values and notions of family, and forces him to make difficult moral choices. Bannister once again proves herself a skilled storyteller in this poignant, memorable story. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/11/2006
Release date: 09/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 318 pages - 978-0-7278-7619-5
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